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TE Heath Miller - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-5, 255Born: 10-22-1982College: VirginiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 30

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Week 12: at Seattle Seahawks

All TE vs SEA

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Seattle is always a tough place to visit, and that is what the Steelers have to do Sunday afternoon. Ben Roethlisberger fought through his sore foot to come off the bench and win one for the home team two weeks ago (bombing the Browns for 22/33 for 379 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown). His favorite wide receivers feasted on the Browns during that one, with 10 targets for 6/178/1 going to Martavis Bryant and 14 for 10/139/2 flowing to Antonio Brown. Brown and Bryant owners love Roethlisberger and his passing arm. The Seattle pass D is ranked second in the NFL this year, averaging 207.2 net passing yards allowed, with 10 passing scores handed out but a mere four interceptions (tied for dead last in the NFL) and 25 sacks generated (tied for 11th in the NFL). They gave up 22/34 for 247 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Blaine Gabbert last week, though, and over the past four weeks the Seahawks have flown in the middle of the NFL flock, averaging 19.2 fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (19th in the NFL), allowing the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (18.6 per game on average) and have given up the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends (9.4 per game on average). This is not a shut-down pass D entering December, but they are hard on opposing wideouts. This will be a tough matchup for Roethlisberger, but he's also probably your fantasy starter unless you are loaded up for bear at quarterback.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CIN 73 10 105 0 0 10.5
9 vs OAK 84 3 32 0 0 3.2
10 vs CLE 66 4 40 0 0 4
12 at SEA PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
12 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
12 at SEA PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller had 4 receptions on 7 targets for 40 yards. Mid 1st quarter, Miller ran a screen pass and made a 1 yard reception. During the middle of the 2nd quarter, Miller found an opening in the middle of the field completing a 27 yard reception. A couple of plays later, Miller ran a TE screen for an 8 yard gain. Early 4th quarter, Miller ran a crossing-route for a 4 yard gain.

2015 Week 9 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller received six targets in the game completing three receptions. Early 1st quarter, Miller found an opening in the middle of the field for a 22 yard reception. Mid 1st quarter, Miller made a reception on a quick comeback route for a 5 yard gain. Late 4th quarter, Miller ran a sideline route and completed a 5 yard reception.

2015 Week 8 vs CIN (13 / 10 / 105 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller was the go-to target in the passing game. The majority of his targets were short receptions over the middle of the field. Late 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 4, Miller ran a crossing route and made a 10 yard reception. A few plays later, Miller caught a short curl route for a 12 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Miller ran another short curl route for a 6 yard reception. Early 3rd quarter, Miller ran a slant route over the middle and made a 14 yard reception in tight coverage. Later in the drive, he ran a post route and snagged a 25 yard reception over the middle. Late 3rd quarter, Miller caught a check down for an 8 yard gain. Late 4th quarter, Miller ran a slant route for a 13 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Miller picked up 11 yards on a quick check down reception.

2015 Week 7 vs KC (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller was a non-factor in the passing game. Early 3rd quarter, Miller was targeted while running a crossing route but the pass was too late before the defender disrupted the pass.

2015 Week 6 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller was a non-factor in the passing game. Miller was left in to block throughout much of the game. His lone reception came early in the 4th quarter on a 3rd and 3. Miller caught a reception on a short curl for a 4 yard gain.

2015 Week 5 vs SD (3 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller only had three receptions but made an impact with two of them. On the 2nd play from scrimmage, Miller found an opening while running down the left seam. He completed a 26 yard reception to kick start the game. With 12 seconds left in the game, Miller caught a pass over the Miller and was tackled on the 1 yard line. He did not have a chance to get in the end zone as he was hit from behind as soon as he made the reception.

2015 Week 4 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller was not involved in the passing attack only receiving two targets. Miller was kept in to block more during this game. Late 3rd quarter on a 2nd a 9, Miller caught a short pass for a 1 yard gain.

2015 Week 3 vs STL (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller was once again an option in the red-zone with the short passing game. During the opening series on a 1st and goal from the10 yard line, Miller caught a curl route for an 8 yard gain to the 2 yard line. During the second series on a 2nd and goal from the 8 yard line, Miller drew a pass interference penalty. This penalty set up the Le-Veon Bell touchdown run. On the last play before halftime, Miller caught a 9 yard pass on a 2nd and 19.

2015 Week 2 vs SF (2 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)

Heath Miller was only targeted twice as he was not needed. The Steelers wide receivers were getting easy separation. During the second series of the game on a 2nd and goal from the 3 yard line, Miller caught a quick curl route for a touchdown. After a DeAngelo Williams touchdown on the next drive, Miller caught a TE screen pass to convert the two point conversion. Later in the first half, Miller caught his only other reception for 13 yards.

2015 Week 1 vs NE (11 / 8 / 84 / 0 rec)

Heath Miller was a reliable check down option throughout the game. Roethlisberger looked Miller's way during many key situations. During the first drive, Miller caught a 14 yard pass for a first down. During the second drive on a 3rd and 18, Miller's route was just short of the first down marker as he came away with a 17 yard gain. Over the next few series, Miller caught passes for 9 yards, 6 yards, and 4 yards. Late in the game on a 2nd and 27 from the Pittsburgh 44 yard line, Miller caught his longest pass of the day, an 18 yard gain.


Latest News

Steelers | Heath Miller good to go (Fri Nov 13, 02:22 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) practiced fully Friday, Nov. 13, and is probable for Week 10.

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Steelers | Heath Miller on the field (Thu Nov 12, 06:46 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 12.

Our View: Miller is going to struggle again without Ben Roethlisberger to throw him the ball, so he drops down to a TE2/TE3.

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